stressStress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure.

So why is it that all we seem to hear about these days is stress? Why does it seem to pervade everything we do? Well the simple answer is that as a result of ever-increasing expectations and competition in the work environment, evermore people are spending increasing amounts of time utilising their bodies natural stress response.

This instinctive response, which is our body’s natural mechanism to protect us from danger, releases stress hormones directly into the bloodstream. These hormones cause an instant mental, emotional and physical change that provides us with extra awareness, extra endurance and extra strength. So if we were in a dangerous situation, this would help us to survive.

However, instead of using these stress hormones in emergencies, we now live at such a pace that many people activate them all the time – like when we are going to present at a meeting, or when we are worrying about finishing a report, or when we might miss a train, or when can’t get onto the Internet, or when someone records over our favourite DVD, etc..

And because stress hormones get us as fired-up as sprinters crouched and waiting for the starting-gun, and because most stressed people don’t get the release of the race itself or they don’t give their bodies and minds sufficient time and space to rest after each stress-filled moment, with no release, the stress hormones just keep on working. And as a result, we permanently have to endure these feelings of immediate danger and physical / emotional readiness, never able to relax and never able to feel at ease.

And as we have already discussed, this can have a dramatic impact on the quality of our lives. Stress can cause a wide range of emotional problems including issues with anger, anxiety, panic, obsessive thoughts and addiction. It can also affect us physically in relation to insomnia and the ability of our immune system to work effectively.

Why not reclaim your life and start living the life you deserve, learn to see stress as your friend not your enemy.  I  will use a combination of hypnotherapy, neuro linguistic programming (NLP) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help you to rapidly overcome your stress, leaving you physically more relaxed, mentally calmer and much more confident. I will also provide you with the tools required to avoid ongoing stress.

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